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. it has to be well thought out. >> host: and your bio you consulted to the united nations on middle east issues. are you currently doing not? and who are you advising at the united nations? >> guest: i talked to a number of u.n. officials. a must see who i talked to in our discussions are confidential. they will just generally say it is my view that right now, any diplomatic initiative is a waste of time. it has become such an existential conflict, so militarized on each side of the conflict to try to put forward the diplomatic resolution is useless right now because either side is just not listening to it. i think you and officials, from what i've been reading, the new u.n. envoy who is imminently qualified understands the almost impossibility of his task. i think he has taken right approach. in other words, is going to syria, meeting with regime officials, many with opposition officials, getting the lay of the land. he is making necessary contacts and developing relationships so that perhaps when there is a time, hopefully in the near future, very diplomatic initiative stands a chance
, the united nations general assembly meeting continues today in new york city. one of today's speakers, the libyan president, is expected to address the united nations around 5 p.m. eastern, and we'll have his remarks live for you on our companion network, c-span. >>> and on our campaign 2012 coverage, tonight a debate between candidates for u.s. senate in nevada. incumbent republican dean heller is up against democratic congresswoman shelley berkeley. that gets under way at 11 p.m. eastern live on c-span. >> to foster work and enterprise in the middle east and other developing countries, i'll initiate something i'll call prosperity pacs, working with the private sector. the program will identify the barriers to investment in trade and entrepreneurship and entrepreneurialism in developing nations. and in exchange to opening their markets to u.s. investment and trade, developing nations will receive u.s. assistance packages focused on developing the institutions of liberty, the rule of law, property rights. >> we believe that freedom and self-determination are not unique to one culture.
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